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Real Name
(full name unrevealed)
Current Alias




Unidentified parents, Daniel (brother), Lot (brother, deceased)


Base Of Operations
formerly Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York; South Africa


6' 8"

350 lbs (159 kg)




Marital Status



Place of Birth
Ottoshoop, Northwest Transvaal, South Africa

Place of Death
Neverland mutant concentration camp

First appearance
Last appearance

Uncanny X-Men #345
(June, 1997)
Weapon X Vol 2 #5
(March, 2003)



Told by doctors his terrible stomach pains were caused by cancer, and not wanting to drain the family´s finances with medical treatment, young Japheth left his small South African village to commit suicide. He wound up in the desert only to be found and saved by Magneto, who helped uncover the true cause of the boy´s malady: two slug-like creatures that dwelt within his guts.

Japheth then was brought back home by Magneto, but found his father had been killed by rebel fighters. Magneto slaughtered the rebels in retaliation with Japheth by his side, but the boy was horrified and said he would never join Magneto's cause. Magneto grew angry, but told Japheth he would one day change his mind.

Little is known of what Maggott did in the following years, but at some point he decided to search out Magneto, to attempt to have Magneto help him master his powers. Maggott's slugs, Eany and Meany, had to burrow their way in and out of his stomach each time, causing immense pain. They also feasted up to five times daily, and the physical and mental toll was becoming too much for the young man.

Using his psychometric powers - which allowed him to read "memories" of a specific area - Maggott finally believed he traced Magneto's signature down to New York City -- but found Psylocke and Archangel instead. After a brief showdown, they were all suddenly teleported away to Antarctica and put on the jury at the Trial of Gambit with other various X-Men. At this location, Maggott finally met with Joseph who, at the time, was believed to be the real Magneto. He finally was able to express his gratitude to the man for saving his life as a child.

Maggott followed the team back to the mansion where they found Cyclops undergoing surgery to remove a bomb within his chest. When the bomb was removed, however, it was still going to detonate, and the team panicked. One of Maggott's slugs gulped down the device, where it detonated in its belly - but caused no more reaction than a fiery burp. Maggott was asked to join the X-Men on a full-time basis. He was the youngest member in the history of the team, though he revealed this fact to no one.

He would often keep to himself, due to his bizarre eating habits, which made the rest of the team suspicious. While flirting with all the girls at Xavier's - Cecelia Reyes in particular - Maggott feared the others would be repulsed by the true nature of his power.

Shortly after his arrival, several humans were murdered (nearly devoured, in fact) in Salem Center. The suspect appeared to be Eany and Meany on a rampage - but, after a botched attempt on Wolverine's life, the culprit was revealed to be a group of Ru'Tai demons lead by a creature called Pilgrimm. They bore an uncanny resemblance to the slugs. The team luckily defeated the demons and Maggott was prompted to finally reveal his history to Wolverine. The two began to bond, with Wolverine keeping his secrets (including his true age), but this bonding time was cut short by a threat from the Shadow King in Africa.

After returning to the mansion, Beast believed it would be best for Maggott to further explore his mutant abilities at the Massachusetts Academy with Generation X. He agreed and transfered to the school, but his schooling was again cut short by another threat. This time it came in the form of a big game hunter in search of Maggott's slugs. The Generation X team helped defend Maggott and the slugs from the hunter, but the man escaped. Feeling distraught after having brought danger to his new teammates, Maggott decided to pursue the hunter, and was not heard from again for some time.

Maggott briefly returned to Xavier's school for the funeral of Joseph.[1]

At some point during his further travels, Maggott was captured by Weapon X. Sadly, he was one of the first to be executed at Neverland, the mutant internment camp. Before he was killed, he gave one of his slugs to two children in the camp, so a piece of him would survive. Unfortunately, the children and the slug were captured, and the slug is now being held by Mister Sinister.

Previews for X-Men: Legacy #231 shows Maggott in Selene's reanimated mutant army.


Powers and Abilities



Sentient Digestive System: Maggott's digestive system consisted of two enormous sentient techno-organic slug-like creatures, nicknamed Eany and Meany. Whilst Maggott himself could not eat, his slugs could devour any form of matter with incredible speed. When they finished feeding, they returned to his abdomen and imparted the energy from the matter they absorbed into Maggott’s body. This energy nourished Maggott, temporarily granting him enhanced strength and turning his skin blue. If Maggott was separated from the slugs for an extended period of time, he became extremely weak and risked death.

Maggott's slugs could act autonomously from him and appeared to be highly intelligent. They communicated with him via a telepathic rapport, and were extremely sensitive to magic.

  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Psychometric Recall: could reveal the past events of the objects they absorbed to Maggott, also it allowed him to read the past events of a certain area.
Power Grid [2]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills

Strength level

Average Human


  • Scott Lobdell originally intended Maggott to be Australian, not South African. If you look at his early appearances, you will see this Australian dialect in his speech.
  • Joe Kelly used an Afrikaans lexicon that was at one-time available on the web to pepper Maggott's speech with authentic slang.
  • The connection between the slugs and the Ru'Tai is never fully explored, but probably would have developed into a full blown storyline in the future. Pilgrimm appears to have been intended to be a new major villain.


Discover and Discuss

  1. Uncanny X-Men #368
  2. OHOTMU Book of the Dead 2004

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